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Engineering Companies in Sweden

Engineering English speaking professionals

PostTheMail
post 16.Dec.2009, 02:59 PM
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Joined: 16.Dec.2009

I am a civil/structural engineer that plans to move to Sweden next year to work fulltime. I am interested in obtaining a job in my profession when I arrive but am unsure whether it is possible for English speaking professionals to get work in Sweden because I am guessing most companies conduct their business in Swedish.

Is anyone aware of engineering companies that I could try for work or even good job websites that are useful?

Thanks in advance for any replies.
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plopp
post 16.Dec.2009, 03:24 PM
Post #2
Joined: 16.Mar.2009

It's absolutely possible...

...I work as a consulting civil engineer in sweden. Everything in my department is done in swedish and all codes standards are swedish. But even so I got a job without being able to speak a word. Having said that though is was made clear that I would have to show a committment to learning the language and to some extents I've had to take a step back in my career in order to learn the swedish way of doing things.

But yes, it's possible
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gplusa
post 16.Dec.2009, 06:48 PM
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Location: Luleå
Joined: 4.Sep.2009

Jag håller med, plopp. I was employed in exactly the same way by an engineering consultancy, on exactly the same conditions. Yes, it's more than possible, with the good consultancies. They will look at the potential, rather than at the now. They can snap you up now for a bargain basement price (ie bugger all), and then they don't have to fight for your services once your Swedish is up to scratch. I spoke stuff all Swedish (it's not so flash today either) but we all agreed that we'd speak only Swedish to each other from Day One. It's their way of helping also. Mind you, after a few gins on Friday, they suddenly find their English tongues.

I agree also that you may have to take a slightly lesser position to get started. But in many ways, that's the smart move. Gives you a chance to learn Swedish engineering terms and techniques. I spent the first 3 months just updating CAD drawings. And that was perfect. Rather than being let loose on an unsuspecting customer first day.

WSP and Ramböll are excellent places to start and both recruit with an eye to the future, rather than current situations. WSP has English roots. And Worley Parsons are moving into the region now. So they might be worth a go. A big money earner for Swedish engineering companies is in road and bridge design. So if you've done ANYTHING regarding bridges (even if you've just spat off one), highlight that in your CV.

I get used a lot to translate tenders for EU contracts. Swedes speak very good English, but it's not always industry correct.
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MollyMoppett
post 16.Dec.2009, 06:50 PM
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Joined: 16.Dec.2009

Hi,

In Sweden - Monster.se, Poolia.se, Ams.se

and here's one for Norway - you probably won't use it but here it is anyway

Finn.no

best of luck
MM
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roberts79
post 17.Dec.2009, 01:47 AM
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Joined: 3.Mar.2009

Hi, I'm a Quantity Surveyor*/ Contract Administrator* working on medium to large new build construction projects. I move to Sweden in one month's time.

Is there any hope that I contact an English speaking Engineering company about a job?

I am aware that I may have to take a big pay cut, start at the bottom or take a job only loosely connected to my experience.

*A QS/ CA is deals with the cost/ value, measurement and contracts/ subcontracts on projects
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gplusa
post 17.Dec.2009, 08:34 AM
Post #6
Location: Luleå
Joined: 4.Sep.2009

roberts, I think I might have replied to you before on another thread regarding this. Most Swedish companies do not use a QS in the traditional way that English companies use a QS. So they don't always understand exactly what a QS can do (they see it just as a straight measuring role). So it's important that you detail exactly what you learnt as part of your qualifications, and in your work experience. For example, you will have a good knowledge of building design techniques and systems. Push that boat. Most engineers do their own contract management, including cost control. So it can be difficult to convince of a need for a specialised person in that role. An English qualified QS can do a lot of things, so make sure you let them know that.

Contact the companies I wrote about in my post above. They are currently utilising some of their UK based staff in Sweden. Due to the lack of work in England. So they are more open to English based methods.
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roberts79
post 17.Dec.2009, 09:29 AM
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Joined: 3.Mar.2009

Thanks for your advice that's a great help!

Gareth
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plopp
post 17.Dec.2009, 10:37 AM
Post #8
Joined: 16.Mar.2009

And I might add.. try and find out who is best to speak to within any company that your going to approach and don't be afraid to ring them directly.

As gplusa says, they may not fully understand/appreciate your skills/experience if they just read your CV so if you actually talk to them directly, it's much more likely they'll consider you for employment.

Gplusa

Was it you that posted something about a 'construction' dictionary? If so, is it actually any good? I have vägverkets attempt here but it's a bit limited to say the least
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gplusa
post 17.Dec.2009, 11:24 AM
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Location: Luleå
Joined: 4.Sep.2009

yup, that was me. I bought a couple on-line prior to leaving the friendly shores. Direct from the TNC website. I found out when I starting working that they use the same books in the office here also. I've found them pretty good, and easy to follow. One of them is on timber framed construction and is broken into areas, such as roof, walls, floor etc. Complete with labelled pics. Just looking at the book list on the backpages of Byggordsamling aka "Construction Vocabulary" (TNC 72) there a list of about 30 other technical Swedish-English dictionaries they publish. Bergtekniska, Luftbehandling, Betongteknisk, Träbyggnad, Geoteknisk, Värmebehandling o.s.v.
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Windup Bird
post 17.Dec.2009, 11:29 PM
Post #10
Location: Stockholm
Joined: 13.Oct.2009

Perhaps this is thread hijacking...but I thought while there are engineers assembled I would ask something...

I'm considering going back to school in Sweden for Civil Engineering. I have a liberal arts degree, but I really think engineering or a related field is the right career path for me. But I have some questions:

Is the work mentally stimulating and full of variety?

How much computer work is involved and how much opportunity is there to get out of the office/off the computer and visit sites, meet clients, travel, etc?

One thing I desperately hope to avoid is an uptight, corporate cubicle life. It would be ideal to be able to exercise some creativity, get outdoors, work with interesting people, and possibly travel. Are there certain specializations that are better for this? Or in asking this question, do I just have a misconception about engineering?

Some that I've been thinking about are: urban planning, sustainable development, environmental, or architectural. I was thinking about Architecture, but I'm not really sure that's right for me.

Any thoughts or comments would be very welcome!
Thanks!!!
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gplusa
post 18.Dec.2009, 12:02 AM
Post #11
Location: Luleå
Joined: 4.Sep.2009

Sounds like survey engineering might be the life for you. That'll always get you out and about. For me at least, I'm probably 90% office based. Very nice offices though, it must be said. After 25 years of working in an open plan workspace, it's kind of nice to have a door to shut. A Masters of Science programme will get you into the right tracks, there's also 2 year technician based programmes. For environmental engineering as well. Always a good market there as local authorities and industries seem to be requiring resource consents to break wind. The 2 year bachelors programme will you the same job, but a couple of thousand kronor less in your pay packet. Engineering in Sweden seems to be very computer based. And they just love it. I enjoy spending time with the other dinosaurs who pre-date computer design, and we reminisce on how it was in the good old days when one had to think a little.

After spending 30 years working on an island, I'm very grateful for the variety of work on offer. Each job has it's own unique challenges, with a lot of the work being for clients outside of Sweden. Some mundane stuff also, but it can be as interesting as you want it to be.
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gplusa
post 18.Dec.2009, 12:05 AM
Post #12
Location: Luleå
Joined: 4.Sep.2009

Oi!

To those who were asking about QS work. Ramböll are looking for a QS in Stockholm right now. Ad reads:

We are looking for someone who has three to five years experience in the construction side or consultancy in construction or building construction. You have a solid interest in spreadsheets and cost control. It is a merit if you have previously worked on the MAP applications, but not required.

To succeed as an Estimator with us, you are professional, stress tolerant and good at prioritizing your time. You enjoy working on a project basis and have a long-term as well as short-term perspective on what should be done. To analyze and translate words into action is a natural approach for you. To enjoy your stay, you should have an open-minded and like to be involved in developing both our own and our customers' operations.

In addition to the above, you have an educational background in engineering.
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Roger O. Thornhill
post 18.Dec.2009, 02:33 AM
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Joined: 12.Oct.2005

Have you tried Sweco?; any of the other firms that come up when searching Swedish construction?
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gplusa
post 18.Dec.2009, 08:18 AM
Post #14
Location: Luleå
Joined: 4.Sep.2009

Good point. I forgot Sweco. They are expanding all the time. Also ABV (part of NCC now I think), they have secured some major overseas contracts over the past year.
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niakusnin
post 4.May.2011, 05:30 AM
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Joined: 10.Mar.2011

Hey hey,

Im 31 years old Civil Engineer from Malaysia. Been to Stockholm last winter and really wana come to work and live in Stockholm. I already have a place to crashed in coz my friend have been staying in Stockholm for 4 years. Im looking for a civil engineer work or football coaching/refereeing. Anyone have any suggestion. Tack sa mycket.
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